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THE BRANDON BEEMER INTERVIEW – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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MICHAEL:
There were rumors for awhile that you were going to be on “B&B” way before you signed on the dotted line to play Owen Knight , correct?

BRANDON:
There was a rumor at the beginning, and the funny thing is, there was no truth to the rumor. Then later on, I got a phone call and they asked me to test, about two and half months after the original rumor came out. They asked me to test and I did. I lost that particular role to Texas Battle (Marcus), and then they offered me another role.

MICHAEL:
And there were a few more shows that were rumored to be courting you, too!

BRANDON:
I was rumored to be on every show on daytime, “GH”, “OLTL”…

MICHAEL:
How long has it been since you first stepped foot on the “B&B” set?

BRANDON:
I started the week before last, and I worked a few episodes. Then we went on a two- week break and I come back next week pretty strong.

MICHAEL:
What do you know about your new character?

BRANDON:
He is no relation to anyone on the show, which makes the possibilities pretty endless. I think he has an agenda, but as I have said, everyone has an agenda. I think he is going to be fun to play because he is going to be mysterious.

MICHAEL:
Sounds like he will be a lot different than your last role, as Shawn Brady on “DAYS”.

BRANDON:
He will be the complete opposite of Shawn on “Days”, and I am excited about it. It’s a challenge and it’s totally opposite of something I have been doing for so long. I always enjoy a good challenge.

MICHAEL:
But I am sure you will be paired up with a beautiful woman, or women, on “B&B”. Any clues as to whom you may be romantically linked with on the show?

BRANDON:
Let’s just say the possibilities are endless, and I am not complaining. I think I am in a good position.

MICHAEL:
How does working on “B&B” and at CBS, differ from your first assessment working on “DAYS” and at NBC?

BRANDON:
I got a really friendly vibe at “B&B”. They run a very tight ship. I am happy with everything there, and I am going to enjoy it a lot. So, it’s going to be a great adventure.

MICHAEL:
Had you met Texas Battle before your “B&B” experience?

BRANDON:
No, I have never met him. We ended up testing for the same role. He ended up booking the role, and then I got a different role. We were both out one night at a birthday party and we ran into each other, and we hit it off. He is a lot of fun, and a good guy.

MICHAEL:
Who have you had scenes with thus far on “B&B”?

BRANDON:
So far, I have worked with Texas Battle and Jennifer Gareis (Donna). Jennifer is a sweet and talented actress. That’s it so far. You will be able to add to that roster in a week! I will be working with Lesli Kay (Felicia) a lot next week. Coming up, I will also be working with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffi).

MICHAEL:
Have you been in touch with your former partners in crime at “DAYS”?

BRANDON:
I talk to them all, and we went to the Emmy Nominee reception the other day. I got a lot of phone calls from them congratulating me, when I went over to “B&B”. I think they are very happy with me. All of them are great, and I wish them all the best.

MICHAEL:
Have you stayed in touch with your former co-star, Martha Madison (Ex-Belle, “DAYS”)?

BRANDON:
I have spoken to her a few times, and I see her at the gym now and then. She is good. I think she is doing really well.

MICHAEL:
What has your girlfriend, Nadia Bjorlin’s (Chloe, “DAYS”) response been to your new acting move to “B&B”?

BRANDON:
She is excited, and she will watch and become a big fan of “B&B”!

MICHAEL:
Since both of you are soap actors, do you critique each other’s work when you are together?

BRANDON:
We don’t really critique each other’s work. We just tell each other if it doesn’t ring true. We don’t try to direct each other about our work, or critique each other, because we see each other in a completely different light. And, if you can fool somebody you know so well, then it’s a good thing and you are doing a good job.

MICHAEL:
Do you think it’s easier for your personal relationship with Nadia, being on two separate soaps, or do you think it may have been better being on the same show?

BRANDON:
I don’t know yet. But, it was great working on the same show with Nadia, and its great working on a different show or opposite show. Now at least, we have stories to tell each other when we see each other, as opposed to working on the same show where we both already know what occurred.

MICHAEL:
Brandon, what happened to your website? Fans want to know!

BRANDON:
I am in the process of trying to get a new website up. I apologize to all the people out there that have gone to www.brandonbeemer.com and seen it has not been updated in a very long time. I actually lost access to the website, but now I finally got access back to it, so I will update it as soon as I can.

MICHAEL:
When you are out and about in public, do people still yell, “Shawn”?

BRANDON:
A lot of people yell, “Shawn” or “DAYS”, but that will change. They will say “B&B” now… so tune in!

MICHAEL:
Did Brad Bell (exec prod and head writer “B&B”), tell you a lot about the role of Owen before you took it on?

BRANDON:
He gave me enough background for what I needed to create something. So, with the character being so mysterious, it’s almost kind of fun that we can create as we go. With Shawn, you could not create as you go. Brad gave me the job as the actor to fill in all the pieces and background of the character. I love that the possibilities are endless

MICHAEL:
Well, there has to be something up Brad Bell’s sleeve…you must have some big reveal coming at some point.

BRANDON:
Let’s just say you will find out. I think we will be in for a surprise.

MICHAEL:
Can your fans expect you to be staying on “B&B” for awhile?

BRANDON:
I hope I will be on the show for awhile. I signed a three-year contract with them. I hope they like my work, and everything works out and I stay awhile.

MICHAEL:
Is doing soaps a good “fit” for you?

BRANDON:
I love daytime! I have a lot of respect for it and it’s the hardest work I have done in my life! It’s such a challenge everyday, and the payoff is great. To look back and know that you did that, with the amount of time and dialog you had to do and how fast it moved, is a great feeling of accomplishment.

MICHAEL:
What do you think we can say to fans? “Look forward to Owen Knight……”

BRANDON:
Owen Knight is going to be coming to LA and causing some trouble.

MICHAEL:
Your character was originally named Owen Hart. Then it was abruptly changed. Was this because of the fact that Owen Hart was the famous wrestler who fell to his death a few years back in the WWE, in a freak accident? Did Brad know this?

BRANDON:
I know Owen Hart died. I can’t believe that…. like 80 feet above the ring. I remembered Owen Hart, because his brother was Bret, “The Hitman” Hart. He came from a family of wrestlers. When I heard the name, I went “Owen Hart?” Actually, Brad said it and I went, “Owen Hart. I know that name”. I called him up and told him, that’s a wrestler! Brad loved the name, but because he was a wrestler, it was a bit too much. Owen Knight is kind of cool.

MICHAEL:
What are people telling you they think is going to be your prospective storyline? What are they saying?

BRANDON:
I keep getting people saying that they want me to be related to Ronn Moss (Ridge). I could be Ronn Moss’s aborted son… that Ronn impregnated some woman years ago and she got an abortion years ago, but she really never did. I am the bastard Forrester. People say to me, “I hope you are going to be related to Ronn Moss, because you guys have a very similar look and very chiseled faces.” I go, “Well, I don’t know, but my last name is Knight, but used to be Hart.” (He laughs)

MICHAEL:
Do you think it’s easier or harder stepping into a role as a recast, or to create something from scratch, which you are getting to do now on “B&B”?

BRANDON:
I don’t know. Sometimes, when you are not related to the family on a soap, it’s harder because you have no roots. Then, some people say its better to not be related. I think being a recast is much harder. At “DAYS” with Shawn, I had to learn everything of the history of the Brady’s. With this new character on “B&B”, I assume this character would not know too much of the history of the Forrester’s. I have to make it all up on my own.

MICHAEL:
How interesting, that both former Shawn’s on “DAYS”, yourself and Jason Cook, both landed new roles on different soaps within a matter of days and will be making your first appearances on them starting this summer.

BRANDON:
I love that Jason Cook and I landed new roles at the same time. I don’t get to see him too often.

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The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kimberlin Brown Teases to Fans: “There’s Something Coming Up, But It’s Not What They Think”

Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) is now a married lady! Yup, after a small, very small intimate ceremony she married Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) on recent episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Deacon’s daughter Hope (Annika Noelle) showed up for the nuptial to support her father, but Sheila’s son, Finn (Tanner Novlan) happened by Il Giardino, to pick up some food only to stumble upon his mother’s wedding, causing more trouble in his marriage to Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

All of this, after Deacon figured out that Sheila didn’t really die at the hands and butcher knife of Steffy, back in February of this year, but it was really her lookalike Sugar who had plastic surgery to look like Sheila many years ago ( one of Sheila’s more heinous acts) who was killed. Thus, setting the stage for Sheila’s return.

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Kimberlin Brown visited You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for an exclusive livestream one-one-one chat where a myriad of “Sheila-esque” subjects were discussed.  Here are a few of the more intriguing excerpts below.

After Kimberlin was informed she was exiting the show, did she have any idea, if or how, they were going to bring her back via the Sugar connection? Brown shared “I didn’t. As a matter of fact, when Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer B&B) called me asking if I would come back to the show, I said, ‘Well, how are you gonna pull this one off?’ And he goes, ‘we’re researching it right now.’ So, I guess that’s where their research took them to Sugar, and Sugar was on The Bold and the Beautiful at one time with me as well. Remember, when we had all of the Forrester boys, and we were holding them against their will and and at the foundry? Robin Mattson played that part brilliantly, and then back on The Young and the Restless is when she ‘unfortunately’ had the surgery to look like Sheila, unbeknownst to her.”

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With Sheila being married to Deacon, does she think it will last more than a month, before her vendetta streak against others takes major hold of her? Kimberlin weighed-in, “I think for the first time in Sheila’s history, she has found a man who truly does love her. And yes, she does love him. Sheila desperately loved Eric Forrester too, but there were too many people around her that would never allow that to happen. And even though there are people around Deacon that prefer that this doesn’t happen, he’s actually stood up to them and said, ‘No, this is who I want to be with. She makes me happy. There are a lot of things that  make me a little crazy, but I go crazier when she’s not there’.  Sheila has finally found true love, I believe, and it’ll be interesting to see if she can hold onto it, and it’ll be interesting to see if a good man in her life can truly make a difference in hers.”

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Everyone has waited and hoped, that when Lauren makes cross-over appearances to B&B she will bump into Sheila, but still years later that has never happened. Brown feels it’s just a matter of time, sharing, “I believe that they will cross paths one day. It’d be too good to not have that happen. Tracey Bregman and I, really did create something fabulous together. It was at the time, villain against really not a good girl, but a girl that never wanted what she had until Sheila wanted it. So it’s definitely a storyline that I think could resurface, there’s no doubt about it.”

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Finn’s adoptive mother Li played by Naomi Matsuda may not be what she appears to be either. Might we look forward to the two moms going at it again?, Kimberlin teased, “Working with Naomi Matsuda is great. She’s fun a lot of fun to work with. But let me tell you what, Li has a mean streak. She really does. I have a feeling it may come out, or it may not, but she’s no angel herself.  She may be one calling the tea kettle black, you know?”

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Fans of B&B have come up with many scenarios of where Sheila’s story is going, from an attempted murder mystery of her, to a plan to get Hope and Finn closer together to put the screws to Steffy. Kimberlin previewed, “There’s some big stuff happening on the show coming up that. I wish I could say more.  I got the script and when we were filming it, I was going, ‘Oh my gosh, this is just too good.’ There are a lot of characters involved in it. There’s something coming up, but it’s not what they (viewers) think.”

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It’s clear that Finn wants to appease his wife, to stay away from Sheila, but seemingly can’t. “I mean, he definitely has Sheila in him. It is her son,” shared Brown.  But, I think it’s really difficult for him to be in that position. I believe that he wants to give Sheila an opportunity and wants to get to know her. He feels a pull towards her and being he doctor that he is, he wants to explore that and figure out why, be it good or bad. But, Steffy is just not going to allow that to happen. So for Finn to always being stuck in the middle is definitely going to cause conflict.”

Watch the full conversation with Kimberlin below.  Then let us know, based on Kimberlin’s comments, what do you think is the big story coming up on B&B she previewed? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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OLTL’s Erika Slezak Recalls Viki’s Breast Cancer Battle, Pays Tribute to Andrea Evans, and Shares Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Those Who Reached Out on the Passing of Her Daughter, Amanda

One of the all-time classic breast cancer storylines of the soaps was that of Viki’s on One Life to Live. Back in 2000 and into 2001, the character went through many trials and tribulations trying to face the disease, which again afforded the iconic Erika Slezak to be featured in another dramatic storyline, which at the same time helped so many female viewers.

As part of last week’s virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story, Slezak chatted with co-host Michael Fairman about her remembrances of the important storyline, the passing of her co-star, Andrea Evans (ex-Tina) to breast cancer, and took a moment to address the fans and those who reached out to her following the sudden death of her daughter, Amanda Davieback at the end of January of this year.

While Erika has still been in mourning, she took the time to be a part of the night and wanted to contribute her voice to the benefit, and we cannot thank her enough.

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Speaking on how Viki dealt with her diagnosis of breast cancer, and at the time being in a relationship with a younger man, Ben (played by Mark Derwin), Erika shared, “It was a very good story to tell because Viki, who had always been strong and by herself and tough and ‘I can deal with anything’, suddenly couldn’t deal with it. She was afraid. There was the whole relationship with Ben that was going on, and she didn’t want him to be a part of it. So that was separate, and the day that Vicki checked into the hospital, the last shot was me sitting on the end of the bed, sort of my dangling my feet over it, completely alone because she didn’t want anybody else to know.”

“Ben was around in the hospital and eventually found out that she was there and wanted to be a part of her life. But she didn’t want it,” Erika added. “She couldn’t deal with it. It was a frightening thing for her because it had been caught too late to treat. She had to have a mastectomy and a reconstruction and she had never been faced with such a very personal trauma. I mean, yes, she had Niki and all the others (Viki’s alters), but this was a physical thing that she could not control. It was a very powerful story, I think.”

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One of the memorable moments from the story was when Viki sang the Gloria Gaynor hit, I Will Survive. Slezak remembers, “That was at Crossroads. She was singing to herself, I Will Survive, and she was desperately trying to believe it, as we all do when we deal with something horrible.”

In tribute to her former co-star, Andrea Evans, who started on One Life to Live as a teenager in 1978 and who died in July of 2023 at 66-years-old, Erika expressed, “Andrea grew up so beautifully and she was so talented that the person that she really was, who was a a kind and loving woman, could play so many different levels of Tina. I had such admiration for her for that. It wasn’t in her nature to be Tina, but she played the hell out of it. She really did. Her first day on the show, her hair was down to the back of her knees. She was just a kid, and she grew up to be a wonderful woman.”

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Speaking emotionally about Andrea’s personal life, Erika recalled, “I think one of the proudest moments of her life is when she got her daughter Kylie, she was so happy. Audrey, Andrea’s mother, used to bring Kylie to the studio, all the way from California she would fly in. I first met Kylie when she was a year old.  I watched her slowly grow up and it was wonderful. Andrea was a fabulous mother. I never met her husband Steve. I wrote to him after she passed, and he wrote me back a very, very sweet letter. But when Andrea met Steve, it was like her life was almost complete, and then she had Kylie, and that was complete. And it is so, so sad that she died so young.”

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During the conversation, Erika took a second to acknowledge all those who contacted her with their condolences, thoughts and prayers on the passing of her daughter, Amanda, sharing, “I thank all the fans and the people who have written to me. I’ve saved every single card. I’ve responded to every single person because the amount of people who reached out to me is just astonishing. I have a pile that it’s two feet high of cards and letters that people wrote to me. And I’m very, very grateful because this is the hardest thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”

You can watch the conversation with Erika below on the replay of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer. The six-time Daytime Emmy-winner appears at the 34:17 mark in the show. Below that is a playlist of scenes from Viki’s breast cancer storyline on One Life to Live.

Now let us know, what did you think of Viki’s breast cancer storyline? Erika’s words on the late Andrea Evans and her “thank you” to all for sending their condolences to her and her family during their difficult time? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson Talks on Ashley’s DID Storyline, the Challenges of the Alters, and Working with Trevor St. John

The Young and the Restless two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Eileen Davidson, has recently been given the ball by series executive producer and head writer, Josh Griffith to tell the ltin the latest of Ashley Abbott’s emotional struggles. This time, Ashley has splintered into multiple personalities: Ash, Mrs. Abbott, and Belle.

Given Ashley’s history (which has included several mental breakdowns), Y&R has chosen to revisit her psyche in a brand new twist in 2024 by launching a Dissociative Identify Disorder storyline. When things spiraled downward to her marriage to Tucker (Trevor St. John), and a flashback to a car crash which took her unborn baby in 2003, Ashley began to hear voices in her head and her alters began to emerge.

Speaking live on a virtual appearance on Tuesday on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Davidson shared her thoughts on the storyline, how she crafted Ashley’s various alters and what she thinks of her co-star, Trevor St. John.  Here’s a few key remarks from the chat below.

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Eileen talked about Ashley’s overall emotional make-up, explaining, “Everybody always talks about her being so strong and so together, and they don’t like seeing her weak. I’m like, ‘Ashley’s never been as strong and together. She’s had issues from the gate out of the gate … years … forever.’  She had amnesia. She had all sorts of issues. I love her fallibility and her vulnerability.”

Taking on the different personalities is a challenge, but Davidson pointed to one, in particular, that she feels is the hardest to play, “Ash has been the most difficult one,” explained the actress. “Because I didn’t want to do anything too broad and too ‘teenagery.’  So it was just trying to be honest about somebody who’s kind of young and sees the world in a certain way and is perhaps defensive and is an angry teen.”

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However, embodying Ms. Abbott was a lot easier for Davidson. “It wasn’t hard for me to figure her out,” she expressed. “It was the very first time she was introduced on paper. She’s in Tucker’s hotel room. She’s breaks in. I’m like, ‘Okay. she’s sitting in the chair and it, it says kind of like a ‘Sharon Stone-type moment.’  I felt pretty comfortable embodying that in control, kind of toying with a man. She knows how to put on vulnerability and softness to get what she wants, but is always in control. And her ugly side shows more and more as the story has been coming out.”

The newest alter to emerge was Belle. Davidson shared how much she knew of the alter before she began playing her, stating, “They gave me southern, flirtatious, likes tequila, and always looking for a guy’ and I was off to the races. It’s been really, really fun for me. I didn’t want her to sound like she’s from the South completely, because Ashley is not from the South. It’s just a persona of how Ashley thinks a southern person sounds. So, she’s not playing a southern character. She’s playing a personality that thinks she’s southern. It’s very different.”

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Currently, it looks like Tucker’s life may be on the line as Ashley’s alters want to get rid of him once and for all.  Eileen explained why, revealing, “The most fascinating thing about DID and what I kept trying to inject into the performance is these alters are created to protect somebody. They all believe they’re protecting Ashley. Ms, Abbott thinks the way to protect Ashley is to kill Tucker because Tucker’s caused Ashley so much pain. So I mean, from that aspect, it’s good daytime drama.”

A lot of times in DID storylines, a very traumatic event from the childhood is revealed which caused a person to fracture into a multiple personalties. When Davidson was asked if she thinks something will come to light that the audience never knew happened to Ashley, she responded, “You would think so, right?  I mean, why not? The one thing that’s true about Ashley is that she had a traumatic childhood. Her mother abandoned her when she was very young, and then found out in her early twenties that her father wasn’t her biological father. So, who knows what happened. Whether or not they choose to explore that, I’m not sure. You have to kind of keep reinventing things to keep them interesting. I think like that stands true for characters (on a soap) as well.”

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Over the years, Eileen has worked with several leading men. When asked how she feels the dynamic is working with Trevor St. John, she enthused, “I love working with Trevor. I just told him you breathe fresh air into the scenes. We work well together. We don’t really know what the other one’s going to do (in a scene), but we play off of each other. There’s a huge trust factor and that has been there from the get-go. When I first started working with Treb, I told him, ‘We got lucky.’ When you meet somebody out of the the blue and you start working together, we just had something and it just worked beautifully. I always know that when I work with Trevor, it’s going to be a terrific experience.”

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Watch the full conversation with Eileen below.

Now let us know, which of Ashely’s alters do you enjoy seeing the most? Do you think something happened to Ashley as a child that we never knew about that is causing her DID? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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